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ACC in the NBA, Feb. 4

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 12:09am
By: Brian Geisinger

For the ninth time in his career, Chris Bosh (Georgia Tech) - who is having another fantastic season for the Miami Heat (posting a career-high true shooting percentage of 60.4) - has been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (Wake Forest) has been selected as a reserve for the Western Conference All-Star team, but the world's best PG - who's been out for the last month with an injured right shoulder - is unsure when he'll be able to return. Maybe he can get a hand from a mini Cliff Paul.

It's been a rough season up in Chicago for the Bulls, and yesterday their veteran power forward Carlos Boozer (Duke) voiced his frustration on his lack of playing time during fourth quarters.

After a brief one-game stint down in the D-League with the Texas Legends (Sup, P.J.?), Shane Larkin (Miami) has returned to the Mavericks.

Rookie center Steven Adams (Pittsburgh) has been a pleasant surprise for the league's best team - the Oklahoma City Thunder. The New Zealander's efforts have been rewarded: he'll participate in this year's BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.

Forward John Henson (North Carolina) has been one of the few bright spots for an awful Milwaukee Bucks squad this season. However, the versatile Henson has missed the past few games, including last night against the Knicks, with a wrist injury.

Another week, another Lorenzo Brown (N.C. State) call-up: Philadelphia recalled the point guard from a six-day assignment with its NBA Development League team, the Delaware 87ers. Brown has played in 11 games with the 87ers and 19 with the 76ers.

The New York Knicks have, to be perfectly blunt, been a big disappointment this season, which has fueled a season-long rumor mill of trade speculation around the NBA's second leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse).

Atlanta forward Mike Scott (Virginia) has easily been one of the best surprises in the league this season. Scott was dynamic on the offensive end the month of January, especially inside the paint and beyond the three-point arc.

The Thunder possess the league's best record, despite missing their star point guard, Russell Westbrook, for large chunks of this season. The primary reason for their sizzling play has, of course, been Kevin Durant, but guard Reggie Jackson (Boston College) has stepped up to the plate, too.

Steve Blake (Maryland) is expected to return to the Lakers' lineup tonight against Minnesota; it will be interesting to see how his return impacts Kendall Marshall (North Carolina), who has been darn good for a lousy Los Angeles team.